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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996)

The Wind in the Willows (original title)
Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

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Mr Toad's Lawyer
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The Sentry
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Geoffrey Weasel and Mole's Clock
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Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

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weasel | mole | toad | rat | mating | See All (65) »

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Go wild in the country!


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Rated PG for fanciful villainy and gunplay | See all certifications »

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31 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$72,844 (USA) (31 October 1997)

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$72,844 (USA) (31 October 1997)
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Trivia

After Sony Pictures dumped this film after it's 1997 US theatrical release, Terry Jones struggled trying to get this film published, but no Hollywood distributor wanted to take it. That was, until in 1998, Walt Disney Home Video bought the American rights to the film, added in a few sound effects and even changed the title after the name of the rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" (though the Walt Disney World Version of the ride closed that same year). It was released onto VHS in 1999 and onto DVD in 2004. See more »

Quotes

The Judge: Very well, How do you find the accused?
All Weasels: [all together shout] Guilty!
The Judge: I'm asking the Jury! Yes...
Chief Weasel: [whispering to the Jury] Say guilty!
Rabbit Jury: Guilty
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Connections

Version of The Night of the Headless Horseman (1999) See more »

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Mr.Toad
Music by John Du Prez
Lyrics by Terry Jones
Performed by Terry Jones
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Lost Treasure
28 February 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

I am probably one of the six people who saw this on its first theatrical run in the US. Because of a complicated and ultimately stupid legal battle between distributors involving this and other films this film got so lost that the only promotional material available to the theater I saw it in was a picture from a newspaper, which they pasted into a much too big poster holder.

To add insult to injury despite getting raves from the New York papers, all of which wondered why the distributor was dumping a wonderful "children's" film, a new distributor, Disney released it on video after changing its name to tie into their amusement park ride, there by confusing those of us who saw this as the Wind in the Willows.

This film is a great film. Its simply a fantastic film comedy, never mind the stupid label of children's or family film, this is just great movie making.

The only people I know who are disappointed in it are people expecting a Monty Python film. Although it pretty much reunites all of the surviving Pythons only Jones and Eric Idle are in it for any length of time, Cleese has one scene as a lawyer and Palin is fleetingly seen as the sun. The film is light years from Python, despite having just a touch of Python's madness.

The humor is gentle and loving and keeping both with the period and with modern tastes. The songs are wonderful. Granted the story is changed to deal with the dangers of crass commercialism, the weasels want to turn Toad Hall into a factory, but having seen several version of the story told with people in costume, this is only one of two versions that has ever worked, and this one did it in half the time of the other.

This is a film that will make everyone feel good and which despite the PG rating is great for everyone.




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